Natasha Morales Castellanos

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Natasha Morales Castellanos

My plans for the future have changed tremendously since I began my studies at Salem. As a first-generation college student, I didn’t consider it possible for me to go beyond a bachelors degree. Salem’s chemistry faculty not only encouraged me to double major but to set my sights higher.
Natasha Morales Castellanos ‘16
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Natasha Morales Castellanos

16 - Chemistry

“My plans for the future have changed tremendously since I began my studies at Salem. As a first-generation college student, I didn’t consider it possible for me to go beyond a bachelors degree. Salem’s chemistry faculty not only encouraged me to double major but to set my sights higher. Because of the support I’ve received from my professors and peers, I will be pursuing a PhD in either chemistry or chemical engineering, starting this fall. I plan to begin work in the industry and ultimately become a professor. Salem has taught me what amazing professors truly mean to students and the great impact that they can have, and I yearn to be that for other students in the future.”

Class of 2016

Majors: Chemistry and Mathematics

Hometown: Winston-Salem

Internships: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Summer Scholar; Translational Science Center; NSF Summer Research Fellow

Honors Independent Study: Research under the guidance of Salem professor Dr. Jing Ye studying the effects of pH and concentration on lysine and arginine solutions using FTIR spectroscopy

Student Employment: Carolina Liquid Chemistries in the BioTech Place

Involvements: VP of Salem’s Chapter of the American Chemical Society; QUEST tutor on campus; Mortar Board; President of ODK Honor Society; Honor Guide; Peer Mentor, Orientation Leader; Salem Leadership Connection; Secretary of HOLA; Interpreter at Community Care Center